Murder, Mystery, and English Majors: Experiencing an Evening of Sherlockian Detection

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By: Tess Tyler I have always had an immense passion for literature, so when I joined Sigma Tau Delta and was promptly invited to the Dinner & Conversations event entitled “Murder at the… Continue reading

2016-2017 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair – A Major that Matters

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I have been thinking a lot this year about the courses our students take and what they learn when they come to Western. I have concluded, maybe not surprisingly, that the English Major… Continue reading

Fall of the Puddle

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By: Rebecca Gonner As the spring semester begins, Western students have flocked back to campus from their winter break retreats. The halls of Simpkins are once again filled with the chatter of classmates… Continue reading

Proust Questionnaire–Alyson Eagan

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Alyson Eagan is a first-year MA student at WIU. She graduated from WIU with her BA in 2016. She currently teaches one section of ENG 180 and works at the University Writing Center.  … Continue reading

Proust Questionnaire- Dr. Marjorie Allison

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 Dr. Marjorie Allison teaches both graduate and undergraduate level English courses at WIU. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her main interests lie within Post-Colonial literature, ethnic literature, and British… Continue reading

An Absurd Pastime

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By: Jared R. Worley When I enrolled at Western as an undergraduate in the fall of 2012, I never thought I’d be where I am today. Truth be told, I didn’t even know… Continue reading

Considering Literacy: An Interview with Dr. Buchanan

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By: Felicia Appell Dr. Rebekah Buchanan is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Illinois University. Before her career at WIU, she was a high school English teacher while earning her Master’s in… Continue reading

Experiencing Dada in Chicago

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By: Laura Winton On November 5th, the weekend following the Cubs winning the world series, I went to Chicago for a different purpose (although I did also make a pilgrimage to Wrigley Field).  The… Continue reading

Dinner and Conversation: Edgar Allan

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By: Emily Bryce Swain There are two things in this world that can send me hurtling back into my emo teenage years: My Chemical Romance and Edgar Allan Poe. Suffice it to say,… Continue reading